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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice | February 13..
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  • HELD OVER TO JAN31/20 LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: SASKATOON, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! HELD OVER TO JAN 31 2020 Exhibition at University..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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  • Cut/Paste/Resist

    Location: Fredericton , NB

    Call for Submissions Cut/Paste/Resist: A Pop-Up Exhibition In times of protest and social upheaval..
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  • AN M-B FAMILY MATINEE: WALKING IN AN IMPROV WONDERLAND

    Location: Guelph, ON

    A merry matinee for people of all ages! Settle in by the furnace..
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  • Exhibition of Artwork Submissions for 2019 Hydro Box Beautification Competition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    In partnership with the Communities in Bloom committee and Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro, the Niagara..
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  • 2020-2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | EST-NORD-EST, RÉSIDENCE D’ARTISTES | RESIDENCIES FOR AUTHORS

    Location: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC

    Deadline: January 10, 2020. The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and..
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  • 2021 Multifaith Calendar – Call for Submissions

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
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  • VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism 2020 is an annual international art exhibition, dedicated..
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  • Gallery Ring “World” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks artists interested in submitting works of places that they hold..
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  • Solo Art Series #14 - Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 14th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Artists - 59th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS The #CallForArtists for @TorontoOutdoorArtFair, Canada’s leading outdoor art fair, opens November..
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  • OPEN CALL - 1-month residency Summer 2020 w/ stipend

    Location: St. Andrews, NB

    Every year KIRA awards eighteen artists with a one month residency. Artists are..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Landscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Artists | Spring 2020

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art is thrilled to announce our Call for Artists to apply..
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  • “Portraits” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline December 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art for Issue 15

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning Toronto-based literary magazine and publisher Into the Void seeks visual art for..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl 2020 Registration Open

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Register for the 2020 North Shore Art Crawl, a weekend event where you..
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  • Art of the West Show and Sale

    Location: Kamloops, BC

    Calling for entries into our juried show. Three categories; Drawing and Painting, Photography..
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  • Unravelling Identites

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Diana Ohiozebau was born in Leeds, England and raised in Nigeria. She is..
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  • Featured Artist in Arts Shark

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Eva Lewarne is the featured artist on ARTSY SHARK! Using signature pixelated shapes, artist..
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  • Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it

    Location: Calgary, AB

    November 1- December 14, 2019 TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Like the winter..
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  • Intermediate Watercolour Workshop - July 15, 16th, 2020

    Location: Baie St Paul , QC

    Contemporary artist Julie Donec is offering a two day watercolour workshop designed for..
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  • Artist's Lens 2020

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all ASA Juried, Life & Associate Members..
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  • CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019

    Location: venice ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05, 2019..
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  • Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card Exhibition

    Location: Vermillion, SD

    Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion..
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  • Ageism

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Artists to participate in the exhibition,..
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Carving Artists in British Columbia

Canadian carvers have long been coaxing life from the wood and stone of Canada's landscape, and these artists are a part of that history. Here you'll find everything from traditional aboriginal carving in bone and leather to contemporary creations.


Tony Mayo

 

Carver, Ceramics, Drawing, Figure, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painter, Photographer, Portraits, Sculptor, Wildlife / Animals

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Tony Mayo only uses hand tools to create his sculptures. On very rare occasions, when it is necessary to remove large amounts of material to arrive at a basic shape, he may use power tools. But the actual shaping, refining and final finish is always produced with hand tools. Mayo works by hand because he feels it puts him in touch physically and emotionally with the essence of the material in which he is working.


Mayo says, “I know if I am working by hand, it is going to take me a long time to create a work of art. I believe that realization forces me to slow down and take my time while manufacturing the finished product. That awareness compels me to not hurry and to be more patient and exacting.”
Tony Mayo’s completed work is refined and finished beyond what the human eye can normally see. When working, he wears magnifying goggles while using small hand tools. Sometimes he makes his own tools because there are no available commercial implements that will allow him to create some of the difficult angles and details he takes great pleasure in producing.


Mayo likes the challenge of pushing various materials to their limit, forming them either very thin, or into demanding shapes that are normally not attempted.


As he sculpts a piece, again and again Mayo looks carefully at it from every possible angle to make sure each line or surface is as straight, evenly curved, or smooth as possible. He does not want any bumps, ridges or uneven areas. As he brings a piece to completion, he closes his eyes and lightly run his fingertips over all surfaces, feeling for irregularities which his eyes, aided with magnifying glasses, may have not detected. If anything unsatisfactory is discerned, Mayo carefully reshapes and smooths it to his standard.


The final polishing is extremely painstaking and time consuming. After the surface has been meticulously smoothed with exceptionally sharp tools, it is hand sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. The 400 grit is followed by 600 grit, then 1,000 grit and finally with 2,000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. On some occasions, Mayo may work up to 3,000 grit paper. Mayo uses the 400 grit sandpaper to form the final shape, removing extremely small amounts of material, almost as one might use a super fine file. Frequently, as Mayo puts the final polish on a sculpture, he will discover uneven areas; he then reworks those sections and goes through the entire polishing process once more.


Often Mayo’s sculptures incorporate undercuts that are only the thickness of a sheet of paper. Imagine sanding and polishing into those sharp undercuts, as well as into numerous small holes and difficult angles, using a tiny piece of sandpaper held with your fingertips. Often, Mayo must make diminutive custom tools onto which sandpaper can be attached in order to get into hard to reach areas. Hand sanding to a polish can take 100 or more hours.


When carefully observing Mayo’s sculptures, you will notice that even the bottoms and other unseen areas, as well as the smallest hard to reach regions are smooth and finished to a polish.
Mayo’s desire is to make his finished piece of art absolutely as perfect as he is able, and to that end, he will rework a piece over and over. Some of his sculptures evolve over several years and take as much as 2,000 hours to complete.


Often mayo’s art contains details so small that most people can’t see them without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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